IT IS certain to have been a busy time for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since the arrival of their daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Mountbatten-Windsor last week.
But we can be pretty sure that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have carefully prepared for the arrival of their little girl – who was born on Friday June 4 – by getting her nursery ready well in advance.
Indeed, the couple are believed to have spent £50,000 kitting out a baby-friendly space for Archie, now two, for his first months at their UK home of Frogmore Cottage, near Windsor Castle.
So we expect as much attention to detail will have been given to the new eighth-in-line to the throne’s room.
While details are still under wraps as to what it looks like, there may have been some clues shared along the way…
Princess Diana pics
The duke, 36, recently revealed that his son has a picture of his late mother in his bedroom.
Speaking in the AppleTV+ docuseries The Me You Can’t See, he said: “I’ve got a photo of her in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said — apart from ‘mama,’ ‘papa,’ it was then ‘grandma’. Grandma Diana.”
So we think it’s likely Lili will also grow up with a picture of her much-missed relative by her cot-side too.
The couple’s firstborn also spent a period of time temporarily living with his parents at actor Tyler Perry’s former Beverly Hills home, before the family relocated across California to their permanent pad in Montecito.
Royal fans got a sneak peek at Archie’s nursery there, thanks to an image Perry previously shared when he still lived at the property.
The image of the room, created initially for his son Aman, now six, shows a largely white colour scheme with hints of blue – and plenty of cuddly toys, along with other cosy furnishings.
It is an aesthetic that the duchess, 39, is known to be partial to, given the simple, chic backdrops she has chosen to accompany numerous video calls during the pandemic.
The mother-of-two has been seen flanked by tasteful decor while sat on a beige sofa with cream cushions, surrounded by elegant candles and artwork.
The interior for little Lili’s room is almost certain to chime with the rest of their home.
The Frogmore Cottage nursery is understood to have been decorated by designer Vicky Charles.
She is believed to have used organic vegan paints made of eucalyptus and rosemary oil, which cost £40 a pot.
The room – estimated to have cost £50,000 – also featured a £25,000 wall-length screen that projected soothing images, security cameras. child-proof windows, a stereo system and mood lighting.
If the Sussexes have given the walls a fresh lick of paint, our guess is – like the rest of the mansion’s walls – cream will be the chosen shade.
Lots of books
At less than a week old, baby Lili is certainly too young to read – but there’s a good chance her famous mum will make sure she can at the very first opportunity.
The duchess is known to be an avid lover of books, and images she shared in the past of her Toronto home – back when she still had social media, before her 2018 wedding – show that she owned many.
And she looked after them well too; one Instagram snap of her dog Gus featured shelves of colour-coded spines in the background.
A book likely to feature is Duck! Rabbit! which the duchess read to Archie on his first birthday.
It is also very possible that she will leave a copy of her brand new publication, The Bench.
No nursery is complete without a favourite cuddly toy – however, Lili’s is likely to be on the more luxurious end.
Shortly after Archie was born, a van from Windsor toy store WJ Daniel & Co was spotted arriving at Frogmore Cottage.
While the contents of the delivery have not been revealed, the shop sells a huge quality of pricey toys, including a Steiff teddy bear, costing £199.
One thing we’re sure of, Lili’s nursery will be fit for a princess!
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